Textbooks and the Curriculum in the Postwar Era: 1950–1980
by David L. Elliott — 1990
During this postwar period, the standard American public school curriculum met its greatest challenge in the federally funded, subject-oriented curriculum projects of the late 1960s and early 1970s. While textbooks reflected but had not yet come to exemplify that curriculum, they too were greatly influenced by these projects. This chapter describes how the challenge to curriculum and textbooks was met by the emergence of nationally marketed, multigrade textbook programs that became the dominant shapers of the curriculum.
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